Greg Roman to Stanford Collapses

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Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s potential move to Stanford has broken down. Last week, it was speculated that Roman could be leaving his post with the Ravens to become Stanford’s new head coach.

However, earlier in the week, the campaign for Roman to Stanford collapsed. It was said that Stanford showed some early interest, and that Roman was also interested in returning to Stanford. He was previously a coach there under Jim Harbaugh.

Greg Roman Will Not Be The Next Stanford Head Coach

Stanford are looking to find their heir to David Shaw, who had been their head coach for 12 years. Their current frontrunners for the job are unclear as former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett recently exited the race.

The news is not surprising. John Harbaugh had previously said that the talks between Roman and Stanford were still very preliminary. The interest was mutual early on, however.

With Roman out of the running for the Stanford gig, he will remain in his current post in Baltimore, free of rumours. The Ravens recently beat the Denver Broncos 10-9 amid the rumours swirling around Roman’s future.

With the Ravens sitting comfortably at 8-4, the news means that Baltimore can maintain stability for their path to the playoffs. They are currently atop the AFC North but recently lost Lamar Jackson to a knee injury for one to three weeks.

Roman’s Long-Term Future

Roman has been Baltimore’s offensive coordinator since 2019. He was part of the genius that helped reform the team’s new, dynamic offense. It resulted in one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses with MVP Jackson at the helm.

Despite the early success, Roman has come under increasing scrutiny since. This year started strong for the Baltimore offense. However, they have struggled to find any real rhythm in the last few weeks. Their recent victories have been low-scoring and the offense has also struggled to hold onto leads in the fourth quarter. Indeed, Roman had even come under fire for poor clock management. The offense was frequently late getting to the line of scrimmage.

For now, the team’s starting quarterback is Tyler Huntley. The offense found some more rhythm with Huntley last week but failed to put many points on the board. Roman was, again, at the heart of the criticism. His trick play that resulted in an interception ruined a solid drive for the Ravens, much to the anguish of Baltimore’s fans.

When news broke that Roman to Stanford collapsed, many Ravens fans were disappointed. They have been frustrated with Roman’s bland passing schemes, among other things. Thus, many had hoped that Roman’s potential exit would give the offense new life.

Perhaps the last couple of seasons have been harsh for Roman. Jackson had spells of injury last year. He was not the only one though. Rashod Bateman, the team’s primary receiver, has also had season-ending injuries in both 2021 and 2022. J.K. Dobbins, the team’s top running back, also missed 2021. Dobbins has struggled with injuries again this year but appears to be trending upward now.

Despite this, many fans believe a change of coordinator is required to jumpstart the offense. With increasing pressure on Roman, the rest of this season could determine his long-term future with the Ravens.

Ravens Potential Replacements for Roman

If Roman is to leave, the likeliest outcome is that the Ravens promote an in-house coach. Roman’s replacement is likely to be one of James Urban, Tee Martin, or Craig Ver Steeg. They are the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs coach respectively.

However, neither Urban nor Martin have been in coaching for that long. And none of the listed replacements have much play-calling experience.

While the Ravens traditionally like to promote coaches, they could look to an external appointment. Had the midseason move for Roman to Stanford happened, it would have made the most sense to keep continuity and promote an internal coach. However, if Roman leaves at the end of the season, an external coach could make more sense.

Before Roman to Stanford collapsed, the Ravens hosted former FAU coach Willie Taggart. They were interested to see what kind of offense he would run in Baltimore.

There is also the possibility that, even if Roman is replaced, he is offered a role with the Ravens. This was the case with Roman’s predecessor Marty Mornhinweg, though Mornhinweg turned down the opportunity.